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  • Town Hall meeting blossoms into robust auction for kids

    When it comes to fast and furious bidding, cakes are among the top choices at Thursday night’s town hall meeting in Vine Grove.

    The annual Christmas for the Kids program, which has been around for about 12 years, benefits children who otherwise may have a gloomy holiday gift season.

    Auctioning cakes, holiday decorations and Christmas trees has been a successful venture over the years. Last year, more than $8,000 was raised through the auction, said Capt. Dale Riggs of the Vine Grove Police Department.

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  • Vine Grove to vote on alcohol ordinance

    Vine Grove could have an ordinance Monday regulating the sale of alcohol following an Oct. 4 citywide vote to allow the sale of alcohol in stores and restaurants.

    City Council members listened this past Monday during a called meeting to a first reading of an ordinance that regulates issues related to the sale of alcohol, such as the days and times it can be sold and licensing fees. It also establishes the authorities and duties of the city’s alcoholic beverage control officer.

  • Two die on Kentucky roadways over Thanksgiving holiday

    State police have referred to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as the deadliest time of year for drivers, and this year, two died on Kentucky roadways between Nov. 23 and 27.

    The two fatal collisions occurred in Fayette and Mercer counties, and both victims failed to wear a seatbelt, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

    KSP statistics indicate nine motorists were killed on Kentucky roadways in 2010 over the same stretch.

  • E’town council re-evaluating Navaho Drive fence situation

    A fence along Navaho Drive that Elizabethtown has planned to build for years soon may be a go.

    Elizabethtown City Council gave the nod this week for the city to seek updated estimates for the fence, which will serve as a buffer between homes and nearby businesses after a number of trees were removed several years ago.

  • CASA's Angels will host Christmas Extravaganza

    The recently formed CASA’s Angels is hosting a fundraising event tonight with its Christmas Extravaganza, a holiday shopping event that benefits CASA of the Heartland.

    The shopping event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Fiddlesticks Children’s Store on Ring Road in Elizabethtown and features several local vendors, said Kelly Emerine, CASA’s Angels co-chairwoman and finance director on the CASA board.

    Though the event is at a children’s store, she said vendors will sell items for all ages.

  • Venue change sought in case against former teacher

    After hearing testimony Monday from three witnesses for the defense, Judge Kelly Mark Easton said he would take a motion for change of venue in the Steven Gray case under submission but would not make a decision until an effort was made to seat a jury.

    Gray, a former Central Hardin High School social studies teacher, was fired last November after Hardin County Schools received an anonymous phone call alleging the teacher engaged in sexual contact with multiple female students.

  • Cold November rain: 2011 among record years for precipitation

    This year is among the wettest on record throughout the state, especially in Hardin County.

    More rain is expected, with Hardin and Nelson counties being placed under a flood warning Monday.

    The National Weather Service in Louisville reported early Monday afternoon the year’s precipitation at 61.5 inches in Louisville, ranking the year as the third wettest on record.

    The two wettest years in Louisville were recorded at 64.6 inches in 2004 and at 63.76 inches in 1996.

  • Holidays are a season for scams, too

    With the amount of shopping and purchasing Americans do from Black Friday through December, the holiday season makes for a natural time for a variety of scams to surface.

    The Better Business Bureau warns of a number of scams that can have a bigger impact during the consumer-driven winter months.

    Internet scams in the form of fake websites offering deals on merchandise are popular, said Reanna Smith-Hamblin, the vice president of communications for the Louisville-area Better Business Bureau.

  • E'town debates economic hardship

    The debate over classification may be an everlasting talking point for Elizabethtown.

    The topic reared its head again Monday night as members of Elizabethtown City Council engaged in a heated discussion over authorization of an economic hardship in the city that would lower the requirement of 70 percent food sales for restaurants to 50 percent. If the economic hardship is approved, restaurants still would need adequate room to seat 100 patrons.